How to Give a Persuasive Business Presentation

Advice, Persuasive Communication

Standing up in front of a room of peers or potential investors and delivering a concise and persuasive presentation can be daunting for anyone. The many challenges associated with public speaking and learning the skills to deliver an impactful presentation can directly influence the success of your work, brand, or company. Speechworks has decades of … Read More

Become More Effective When Presenting Pitches and Ideas

Persuasive Communication

Whether you are presenting a high-level sales pitch, giving a presentation or leading a meeting, words (and how you use them) have the power to create a meaningful connection with your audience. Speechworks has helped countless executives, leaders and company team members speak in a clear and compelling way through our workshops, individual coaching, and … Read More

Casual Use of Analogies and Idioms in Communication

Persuasive Communication

I experienced a communication and relationship-building skills lesson that hit me like a one, two punch in a boxing match— all starting with browsing for a podcast to listen to while I did some gardening. Being Speechworks’ CEO and communications coach, the title of Rough Translation’s “How to Speak Bad English” got my attention – … Read More

Here’s a Template for a Valedictory Speech

Speech Templates

You thought becoming the valedictorian of your high school class was tough? That’s nothing compared to giving a great valedictory speech. Spend just a few minutes on YouTube and you’ll see that most valedictory speeches are boring and, worse, embarrassing. But there’s hope! You can give a great valedictory speech. Great valedictory speeches follow a … Read More

Here’s a Template for a Parent’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah Speech

Speech Templates

I wrote this post before I attended my 13-year-old cousin’s bat mitzvah, the traditional service marking a Jewish child’s passage into adulthood. A highlight of many bat/bar mitzvah services is the short blessing or speech from the parents. The best of these speeches are touching and often a little funny. They have stories that help … Read More

Stop Scaring Yourself Off the Stage

Nerves, Other

If you suffer from a fear of public speaking, you are not alone. Polls indicate that the fear of public speaking affects 70-75% of the population and is more common than the fear of spiders, confinement or even death. The fear of public speaking is anxiety driven and stems from our fear of being judged–our … Read More